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Metropolis

The Imaginary Apple

A museum exhibition shows off the New York City that designers dreamed up, but which never actually got built.

Sept. 27 2017 2:47 PMToo Broke to DriveStates have trapped millions of Americans in crippling debt by taking away their driver’s licenses. Can the damage be undone?
Sept. 12 2017 2:16 PMThe Lessons of Marco IslandForty years ago, a battle over this beachfront community changed the way Florida builds. After Irma, could it happen again?
Sept. 7 2017 4:57 PMTerminalHow the airport came to embody our national psychosis.
Sept. 7 2017 4:56 PMYour Misery at the Airport Is Great for BusinessRetail in terminals is booming. How else would we soothe our anxiety?
Sept. 7 2017 4:54 PMAirports Can Be MarvelsIf you look at them the way a pilot does.
Sept. 7 2017 4:53 PMPlease Step Aside, SirMy medical devices help keep me alive—and subject me to uncomfortable scrutiny every time I pass through airport security.
Aug. 30 2017 3:01 PMHow Can You Stop Cars From Plowing Into Crowds?The sturdy posts called “bollards” are our best defense against the use of vehicles as weapons. They’re also the rare anti-terrorism policy that makes cities more pleasant.
Aug. 28 2017 5:56 PMThe Red Cross Won’t Save HoustonIt has proven itself unequal to the task of massive disaster relief. We need a new kind of humanitarian response.
Aug. 15 2017 3:07 PMEclipse Chasers Are Descending on OregonSmall towns have spent months figuring out how to handle a million extra people—and procure enough toilets.
Aug. 14 2017 5:09 PM“Run Them Down”Driving into crowds of protesters was a right-wing fantasy long before the violence in Charlottesville.
Aug. 1 2017 8:19 PMA Bargain at $5.3 BillionLos Angeles’ plan for an Olympics on the (relatively) cheap should change the games forever.
July 24 2017 6:00 AMThe Invisible Segregation of Diverse NeighborhoodsEven in remarkably integrated towns, like mine, true equality remains elusive.
July 3 2017 10:00 AMDowntown Homeless Shelters Are DisappearingCities are getting pricier. Federal funding is getting scarcer. And Americans who need emergency shelter are suffering the consequences.
June 27 2017 1:16 PMWhy a Fire Like Grenfell Tower’s Is Less Likely to Happen in the U.S.We have a better culture of fire safety and more stringent regulations.
June 2 2017 11:31 AMTrouble in America’s Country ClubCompanies are fleeing Connecticut. Home values are stagnant. What happened to the nation’s richest state?
Sept. 22 2017 4:57 PMPuerto Rico’s Best Hope for Keeping the Lights OnThe indebted island was already eager to hand its electric utility to private owners. Hurricane Maria just made it much more likely.
Sept. 8 2017 4:54 PMYour City Will Lose the Contest for Amazon’s New HQNo town truly fulfills the company’s demanding wish list.
Sept. 7 2017 4:56 PMHow We Ruined Airline JobsWorking in aviation has lost its glamor. It happened because the law gave carriers every advantage over their workforces—and because we demanded lower airfare.
Sept. 7 2017 4:55 PMSmaller Is BetterIn praise of calm, low-fuss regional airports.
Sept. 7 2017 4:54 PMFlying While Brown Is Getting More TraumaticThe screenings that are often forced on travelers send a clearer and clearer message: Go away.
Aug. 31 2017 12:00 PMDon’t Blame Houston’s Lax Zoning for Harvey’s DestructionCities with stringent zoning would have been just as vulnerable to the flood.
Aug. 29 2017 8:09 PMWhy It’s Misleading to Say That Houston Showcases “America at Its Best”Natural disasters shouldn’t be used for the purpose of national mythmaking.
Aug. 27 2017 10:05 PMHouston Wasn’t Built for a Storm Like ThisIt won’t be next time either.
Aug. 14 2017 5:56 PMWhy Detroit EruptedAnd what Kathryn Bigelow’s movie about 1967 gets right and wrong about its complicated history of civic abuse and unrest.
Aug. 8 2017 9:00 AMIs Techno Tourism What Detroit Needs?The Motor City is asking whether its history of electronic music can boost its fortunes. It should also ask what techno can do for Detroiters today.
July 25 2017 5:32 PMWhat a Bar With Decorative Bullet Holes Really MeansIt’s shameful—and part of a broader gentrifying instinct to mine the past for authenticity.
July 7 2017 5:58 AMArtisanal Tacos on Paper PlatesWhy America fell for the food hall.
June 28 2017 9:30 AMSan Francisco’s Civil WarYIMBYs! Socialists! The only thing the Bay Area’s tenant activists hate more than high rent is each other.
June 20 2017 1:02 PMThere’s No National Solution for the Housing CrisisYes, the rent is too damn high—but there isn’t one explanation and there isn’t one fix.
June 2 2017 9:39 AMHousing Is Shamefully Segregated. Who Segregated It?Richard Rothstein discusses his new book The Color of Law.

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